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Britain Supports Baku's Efforts to Find Peaceful Solution in Nagorno-Karabakh

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says Britain fully supports Azerbaijan's efforts to find a peaceful solution to a territorial dispute with Armenia.

Mr. Straw made the comment about Nagorno-Karabakh Tuesday, following a meeting in London with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

Nagorno-Karabakh is an ethnic Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan that declared independence in 1988. A six-year conflict over the area claimed some 35,000 lives.

Mr. Straw also described Azerbaijan as an important energy partner for Britain, and he thanked Mr. Aliyev for his country's contributions to the multinational forces serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.

Mr. Aliyev succeeded his ailing father, Heydar, as Azerbaijan's president in October 2003. The elder Mr. Aliyev died two months later.

Azerbaijan marked his passing Sunday, the first anniversary of his death.

Some information for this story provided by AFP.